David Kilgour & Tony De Raad stopped by a park on a beautiful Seattle day to play “Pop Song” and “Steel Arrow” for One Shot Seattle. Watch the video below, and order Left by Soft today in the Merge store!
Versus released their new album, On the Ones and Threes last week and are playing their CD release show in Brooklyn at Rock Shop on Thursday night. To celebrate, we searched our video vaults for this performance from XX Merge of “Scientists.”
photo by PJ Sykes
Versus on tour:
8/12 Brooklyn, NY Rock Shop CD release show w/ True Love Always
8/13 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace w/ Polvo
8/14 Montreal, QC Cabaret Juste Pour Rire w/ Polvo
9/21 Boston, MA Royale w/ Superchunk
9/22 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre w/ Superchunk & Jenny and Johnny
Michael Benjamin Lerner joined by Ivan Rosebuds on bass and BJ Burton from Raleigh’s Flying Tiger Sound Studio on guitar performed on TV in Spain while touring Europe earlier this year.
Watch the full set here!
Read what Jawbox has to say at MagnetMagazine.com.
Jeff Mangum has a new song available now on Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, and you can get Neutral Milk Hotel’s On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on 180 gm vinyl now in the Merge store. Don’t forget to use your coupon!
Live footage from a 1998 Neutral Milk Hotel show at the Knitting Factory in NYC.
Neutral Milk Hotel’s On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea are available for the first time on 180 gm vinyl in the Merge store!
On November 17th, we will digitally release Lambchop – Live at XX Merge in the Merge store and our usual digital outlets. Only purchases from the Merge store will include a free download of the concert film. Live at XX Merge will also be available as a limited edition CD on November 24th, but those who pre-order the CD from the Merge store may download the audio on November 17th. The concert film is available exclusively in the Merge store.
Live at XX Merge is available in the following formats from the Merge store:
• Limited Edition CD + high definition QuickTime download (1280×720) of the concert film – $12.98 (CD preorders before November 24 will also receive an MP3 download code via email on November 17)
• MP3 + high definition QuickTime download (1280×720) of the concert film – $12.99 (Available November 17)
• MP3 + standard definition QuickTime download (400 × 225) of the concert film – $9.99 (Available November 17)
As Merge fans know, Lambchop has been on the label since 1993, releasing a string of widely varied but consistently brilliant records. But the live Lambchop experience has been somewhat elusive in the U.S. While the band has toured the gilded theaters of Europe and elsewhere for nearly two decades, the Nashville group has seldom toured their home country. Kurt Wagner has performed solo on a recent Yo La Tengo tour, and Lambchop supported their recent album, (OH) Ohio, as an intimately stripped-down quintet in a couple of short bursts over the last year. To help celebrate Merge’s 20th Anniversary the band showed up in one of their largest lineups in recent memory — 11-strong, including multiple guitars, keyboards, piano, and a horn section. Lambchop performing live is always a powerful proposition, but on this night they started quietly with “I Will Drive Slowly” from their first album (I Hope You’re Sitting Down) and accelerated from there, each song seemingly faster and more intensely played than the last, building to a furious finale of “Up With People” and an epic “Give It.” By the end of their set, everyone in the packed Cats Cradle – band and audience both – was levitating a few inches off the ground…
Lambchop’s set at XX Merge was professionally recorded and filmed, and is available now for those who missed it, or for those who want to go back again.
Lambchop – Live at XX Merge
Recorded by Nick Peterson
Mixed by Mac McCaughan
FOH Engineer: Mark Luecke
A Show Cobra Film
Directed by Matt Boyd
Produced by Jason Ross
Watch M. Ward’s Austin City Limits performance online now! Oakley Hall’s Pat Sullivan & Rachel Cox joined Matt and his band for a great selection of songs on the longest running music series in American television history!
Oakley Hall’s “All the Way Down” from their Merge debut, I’ll Follow You was included in New York Magazine‘s Brooklyn Top 40! Listen to the song and order I’ll Follow You on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store.
Lou Barlow & The Missingmen continue their tour this week through Texas! Goodnight Unknown is in stores now!
10.22.2009 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
10.23.2009 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10.24.2009 Austin, TX Stubb’s
10.25.2009 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
10.26.2009 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
10.27.2009 Omaha, NE Slowdown
10.29.2009 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
10.30.2009 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
11.03.2009 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
11.04.2009 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
11.05.2009 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
11.06.2009 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
11.07.2009 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
11.08.2009 Seattle, WA The Showbox
11.10.2009 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom Lou Solo